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The Video Vault Inside The Workshops Of Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe, And Roger Smith

The Video Vault Inside The Workshops Of Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe, And Roger Smith

One of the incredible delights of video creation is returning and returning to projects years after the fact, reviewing how they met up and remembering the shots and altering decisions that amount to the last cut. Below, I have curated three recordings on autonomous watchmakers that bring back affectionate creation recollections, and which I believe are exceptional in their own specific manners –  owing to the gravitas of the subjects, just as the time and access they allowed us.

Longtime HODINKEE perusers have likely seen the pieces beneath, yet I’d bet numerous fresher perusers probably have not. Whichever camp you are in, I welcome you to venture out back so as to Le Solliat in 2013, Geneva in 2015, and the Isle of Man in 2016. I accept these three recordings hold up as instances of a commitment to a specific method of approaching one’s art. As autonomous watchmakers, Philippe Dufour, François-Paul Journe, and Roger Smith are close friends –  and yet their cycles, and the watches they make, are so remarkable, each an immediate impression of their creators.

Philippe Dufour: Le Solliat, Switzerland (2013)

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In 2013, as a feature of an epic European watch experience that would come to be known as The Road To Basel , Ben and I had the exceptional delight of investing a little energy in the workshop of the unparalleled Philippe Dufour. I was really new to the watch game at that point, however had heard enough about Mr. Dufour to comprehend his practically legendary remaining in the watch world. The workshop – and the legend – didn’t baffle. I say “a brief period” above on the grounds that, for planning reasons outside our ability to control, we had around 45 minutes absolute in the workshop – from arrangement to breakdown. From time to time, I say to my video group, when a shoot is demonstrating especially testing, “it generally works.” That was brought into the world on that morning in 2013 in Le Solliat.

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François-Paul Journe: Geneva, Switzerland (2015)

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One of the things about shooting in watch fabricates is that it’s regularly difficult to catch a whole cycle – beginning to end –  in any sensible time span, as these things simply don’t come together rapidly. With more modest, more lithe watchmakers however, it’s occasionally achievable to exhibit all the means, and this was one such case. Here, we had the option to show the creation of F.P. Journe’s most complicated watch, the Sonnerie Souveraine –  all inside the delightful bounds of the brand’s home in a previous gas light manufacturing plant in Geneva.

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Roger Smith: The Isle Of Man (2016)

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In 2016, as a feature of The Road Through Britain arrangement, my previous partner Arthur Touchot and I visited Roger Smith on the Isle of Man. While Dufour is interesting as a celebrated limited activity, he actually works in the watchmaking valley of Switzerland; Smith, then again, makes his watches on a far off island in the Irish Sea. We put in a couple of days there, watching Roger and his little group at work, driving the popular TT Race Course, and obviously, visiting the previous home and workshop of George Daniels. One of my #1 minutes? Roger, in the driver’s seat, his wry smile developing ear-to-ear as he put our Bentley Flying Spur W12 through its speeds on the interesting dirt roads of the island.

Morning commuter traffic while in transit to Roger Smith’s workshop on the Isle of Man.

Holding a George Daniels’ hand drawing of the co-hub escapement.

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